Volunteers have lives beyond our station walls, and we cannot force them to all have the same level of commitment and passion
FireRescue1 Voices is a place where firefighters across the country can speak up, tell their stories about difficult calls and voice their opinions. If you want to share your story with the FireRescue1 community, please review our submission guidelines and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As officers of rural volunteer fire departments, we wish that the rest of the membership shared our same passion and vision for our department. But we must understand that this may never be the case. And that’s OK.
We often try to “push” pride in our department onto the younger members. But many of them weren’t raised with the same sense of community as we were, so they will likely never carry that pride. And that’s OK.
Every officer of every volunteer department has plans, big plans for their department – apparatus upgrades, training ideas, station renovations, etc. These big ideas are sometimes met with hesitation from the older generation and a lack of drive from our younger generation. And that’s OK. Read More…